The health authorities of Mexico recommended this Sunday to cancel the great Easter procession of Iztapalpa, in Mexico City, after announcing that the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their country amounted to 53, representing an increase of 12 compared to the 41 of the previous day.
At a press conference in the National Palace, the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, reported that the cancellation of massive events is being studied and that "surely it is the case of the Iztapalapa representation for being so large big ", since it reaches to congregate near a million people.
López-Gatell added that this eventual cancellation "is already in the process of analysis by the Government of Mexico City itself" and that the decision of the mayor of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, will be announced earlier this week, who is "extraordinarily attentive to the matter".
On the contrary, the undersecretary ruled out for the time being suspending the service of the capital's metro since, despite the fact that it is a "space of mass concentration", it is a "strategic means of transportation for Mexico City, a metropolis with more than 25 million people. "
"The logic of all decisions is the most careful balance between a public health intervention and taking care that decisions do not affect people and society," explained López-Gatell.
According to the official report of 7:00 p.m. this Sunday (01:00 GMT on Monday), in Mexico there are 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 12 more than 41 on Saturday, and 176 suspected cases.
17% of the confirmed remain hospitalized while the rest recover at home. Five of the first have been infected in Mexico, while the rest are imported.
With 17 registered cases, Mexico City is the territorial entity of the country with the most sick people.
Undersecretary López-Gatell announced that the government will not renew the remote temperature monitors installed in Mexico's airports since the 2009 influenza crisis as they are "of very limited use" and are very expensive.
"The recommendation is not to consider thermochambers for airports," said the official, who said that the best alternative is to invest in equipment to treat the sick.
While countries such as Colombia or Argentina have announced the closure of their borders due to the Wuhan coronavirus crisis, the Government of Mexico has not yet adopted drastic measures beyond announcing the closure of schools on March 20 and the suspension of events with more than 5,000 people.
The Mexican states of Jalisco and Yucatan criticized the slowness of these measures this Sunday and announced that they will bring the closure of their schools forward to March 17.
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, continued his tour of the southern state of Guerrero, on the Pacific coast, this Sunday, holding rallies and hugging with crowds despite the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and criticism for his inaction. facing this crisis.